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2014 NHL Draft: Minnesota Wild Draft Alex Tuch 18th Overall

Tuch joins US U-18 linemate Sonny Milano as an NHL first round draft pick

Bruce Bennett

As was expected, both of BC's highly touted draft eligible freshmen went in the middle of the first round, as Alex Tuch was drafted #18 overall by the Minnesota Wild, just two picks after Milano went to Columbus.

Tuch, a powerful, 6'3'' forward whose imposing size and strength has drawn comparisons to Kevin Hayes, put up 64 points in 61 games with the USNTDP last season, skating on a line with Sonny Milano and Jack Eichel.

Scouting report from Elite Hockey Prospects:

Tuch is a big power winger who skates well with strong balance. He typically is called upon to be the meat and potatoes guy on a skilled line and does so very effectively. Impressive forchecker. Uses his frame to protect the puck and physically supporting his linemates.

The Minnesota Wild feature a number of NCAA hockey alums, including Keith Ballard, Charlie Coyle, Nate Prosser,and Jason Zucker - and, of course, two of their biggest stars, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.

Now we wait to see whether or not Thatcher Demko will join Milano and Tuch as first round picks; we also can enjoy that NHL scouts feel as optimistic as we do about BC's incoming freshmen.